Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
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3.88/5
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7,437 Ratings
Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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#8,343
Reviews:
1,973
Ratings:
7,437
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Photo of safaricook
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good looks this fellow and I am not talking about the iconic can. I am talking about the fluffy beige head and the copper clear body. Smell is piney and candied orange or in other words a classic northwestern hop profile and some nice caramel malts. Taste is rather bitter, grapefruit, but also pine. Clearly hop forward but some malt for balance. lingering bitterness. Spot on amount of body and carbonation. This is a classic, this is style defining. It does not compete with the newest fancy hop from New Zealand or whatever the newest trend is, but this is and will stand the test of time.

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some great advice from fellow BA's, I've been wanting to overcome my fear of cans. Always been of the impression that bottled beer gives off a bit more premium feel and a better taste. But I've been assured that's not true and Oskar Blues seemed like the best place to test the theory.

Appearance - Wonderful orange tinted color with a plump white head that was there for the duration.

Smell - Extremely robust citrus fruity and spiced aroma, this really got my pumped.

Taste - Very potent flavor for a PA, which pleased my palate. Pretty even balance with the strong orange, malty flavor being slightly edged out by the serious hops. Excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel - Very thick texture full of malty goodness and the bitter hops left an excellent aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'm officially cool with beers in cans and I'm pretty sure this is going to kick off a trend (cheaper prices and easier storage are bonuses), so Sly Fox here I come! Oskar Blues also made a great impression and I can forsee Ten Tidy in the future. This is an excellent APA and one you should definetly check out if you get the chance.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass

A: straw colored, 2 fingers of white head, good amount of lacing

S: soapy, piney and floral hops. Very nice

T:big piney bitterness, floral hops, citrus zest. Really good

M/D: medium body, heavy carbonation, good drink ability

O: really good pale ale, well done

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Photo of midnightcowboy818
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date printed on the bottom of the can is “03/25/2013 @13:25.” Now that’s how you do it!

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale copper. A finger of buttery, light tan head settled quickly, leaving a thin and bubbly skim, a ring around the edge, and short lacing along the sides.

Smell: The aroma is a tad faint but it is malty and hoppy at the same time. Caramel and toffee on one extreme, and pine resin, grapefruit, and tangerine on the other. The bitterness is really gritty and earthy.

Taste: The mouthfeel is full and dry. Much like the smell, the malts and hops are fused — at least at first. Eventually the hops take control. Lots of pine; the grapefruit from the aroma takes a backseat. Unlike the smell, though, I do not think there is any tangerine. Underneath the spice and citrus are caramel and lightly toasted malts. The bitterness strikes at the end, coating the taste buds and lingering long after each sip.

Drinkability: Hmm. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my definitive pale ale and I think it will retain the crown. I like Dale’s hoppiness but think it is too aggressive; I think Dale’s is more of an IPA. Semantics aside, it is still a very tasty and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a thick head.

smell is very mild, light on hops and malt aroma to me.

taste is good, Dale's Pale Ale is a staple. nice malt and hop balance, clearly a pale ale rather than an IPA. smooth drinker, easy to put away.

i've had this dozens of times and is always good. nothing special but always solid.

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Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Orange/copper with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S--NIce piney, citrus scent. Little malt smell comes through.

T--A wonderful hop bite with enough support from the malt to keep things balanced. None of the much mentioned metallic taste...the advantage of drinking beer from the tap.

M--Refreshing and light with relatively low carbonation...maybe a little think for my liking

D--A lovely, easy to drink hop attack. I really like DPA and hope that those who have it before and was not happy with it give it another chance....hopefully on tap.

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Photo of dougbassett
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #36 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I've recently been going through a "microbrew in cans" phase, and apparently Dan's Pale Ale is the grandfather of 'em all, the one that started the trend. It's a pretty good example of the style. Pours a bronzey brown that throws a fluffy, swiftly disappearing head. Typical American Pale Ale nose of biscuits and grapefruit peel, with maybe a hint of spice lurking somewhere in the background there, like the grapefruit peel had been pureed and mulled somewhere along the way. Very creamy, almost "chewy" mouthfeel, again I think typical of this sort of style. Hits you hard up front with an aggressive shot of grapefruit peel and spice (maybe a little grapefruit juice, actually), with a bitter lasting finish at the end.

Quite nice. This is a style that it's easy to get mediocre with, there's a lot of "okay" American Pale Ales out there. While I wouldn't call this a timeless classic or anything, this is certainly better than "okay".

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - POURED A SOLID RED - COPPER COLOR WITH A NICE HEAD THAT STUCK AROUND A BIT.

S - SOLID FLORAL HOPS SMELL!

T - GREAT FROM START TO FINISH DEFINATELY DOES NOT DISSAPOINT. A REAL NICE APA THAT IS NOT TOO BITTER. JUST AN OVERALL GOOD BEER!

M - A TAD BITTER AND FAIRLY LIGHT FOR AN APA. BUT THE TASTE JUST MAKES THIS BEER WONDERFUL!

D - JUST A NICE BEER THAT I KNOW I WILL FIND MYSELF DRINKING A LOT OF.

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Photo of seetrider
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this last night at Little Big Burger in Portland, OR. I was surprised to find that it was a very good beer, especially for beer in a can. It's hoppy, but not bitter at all, and has a sweet finish- all in all it's a very well balanced beer and is very drinkable. At 6.5% abv it's got a nice kick and would be a great session beer, considering the can.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can of this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thick off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is very malty, caramel, citrus, floral, flowery sweet hops, maybe a bit old, hops are pretty subdued, smells like a hoppy brown ale. Taste is similar, super malty, caramel, grains, citrus, flowery hops, very assertive bitterness, nice and grassy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very thick flavour, easy to drink, don't taste the 6.5% at all. Nicely done!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

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Photo of hmf05
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/gold with a rocky three finger head.

S- Smells like hops wrapped in caramel.

T- Nice fresh, clean hops. I don't get grapefruit, but i get other citrus like orange and lemon. There is a sweet and creamy caramel presence that keeps the brew balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. There is a slightly dry aftertatse.

O- An extremely sessionable pale ale. Not quite as intense as an ipa, but it is a stand out for the style. If I were offered this or Sierra Nevada, I would demand a Dale's Pale Ale!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale by Oskar Blue’s has 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs making it a sort of 65 Minute Pale Ale.

Look-It pours a mild haze wrapped in amber orange blossom honey with flecks of gold in the right light. The head is bready and frothy.

Smell-It smells of citrus orange and orange peel zest with plenty of hops, but tampered with some rich malts.

Taste-The flavor is bursting with orange and citrus and ample bitter hops rich in piney resin and hoppy goodness. The malts come through as a caramel and honey type flavor. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a great go-to beer and I’ll definitely try it again!

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Photo of Travlr
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Clear amber with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of black pepper and lemon. Flavor is a very nice balance between the subtle hoppy bitterness and the malt. Not over the tops as some American IPAs are. Nicely done.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel and drinkability are what sets this beer apart. Made me very impressed with this brew. On Tap at Hamiltons in SD CA. Nice smooth texture, has a weight to it. Smooth balanced finish. Very easy to drink. Minerals, and more malt than hop. Slightly hoppy nose. Subtle complexity. Really to eash to drink. I hope this texture carries thru to the canned version. I'll be seeking it out for sure now.

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Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Spirit Haus pint glass, the result is a clear coppery-amber body with a 1.5-finger antique white head on top. Lots of bubbles rise up to refortify the head, which remains present the entire way down the glass at about 1/4-inch. Lots of clumps of foamy lacing stick to the glass all the way down. Nice presentation.

S: Pop the can and it's a big nose of oily grapefruity hops right away. After the pour the impression remains: juicy citrus fruit in general, but with a hint of malt sweetness underneath. It smells bigger than an APA -- almost like a DIPA at first, but as it warms, the nose softens a bit.

T: Like you'd expect from the nose: oily sweetness at first blush, which is followed in the middle of the taste by the juicy citrus flavors -- grapefruit and sweet oranges predominantly. It finishes with a hint of pine sap, and the aftertaste lingers with a dry, minerally at times lemony bitter coating. It leaves a real substantial coating on the mouth with what seems like a minerally or slightly metallic dry but bitter taste. A glass of water would help to "reboot" the taste buds after that assault.

M: Given the oily and juicy tastes and smells, it finishes surprsingly dry. Also has a decent fizzy feel to it from the carbonation. I thought it was light-to-medium in body.

D: Good. This went down fast, and that lingering bitter aftertaste really encouraged the next sip.

Notes: I think this is pretty darned close to IPA territory, and like I said, the nose at first blush even seems strong enough to remind me of a DIPA. Great beer in a can. Check it out.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at Taco Mac. A rich golden slightly orange color.
With a one and half inch head creamy tan color. Small bubbles that continue for a while. Good carbonation! nice even lacing all the way down the entire glass. Swell of rich caramel and oily pine.
Mouthfeel was full body and creamy. The midpalate had some tropical friut tones and rich caramel. The finish had more hops showing thru with nice grapefruit and oily pine taste. The only difference I noticed having it on draft than in the can was the oily pine flavor stood out more!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sticky lace from a solid tight head. Glass is a slightly hazy gold amber.

Smell: Candy sweet malt almost overwhelms the grassy, grapefruit hops.

Taste: Hops are a bit tea like, but full and tasty. A firm bitter and a full malt body meet to form a balanced package.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium body, oily finish.

Overall: A great beer, love the flavor, love the lower alcohol higher volume punch it gives, almost a XPA.
Recommended!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a pleasant dark auburn which is just clear enough to see through. The head immediately bubbles up to about a finger high, leaving sticky lacing all over the pint glass.

S - Plenty of pine hops, along with a little malt base that remains in the background enough to allow the hops to shine through.

T - Another bold flavor from OB which easily blows away many other pale ales. The citrus and pine hops explode everywhere, while the malt sweetness slowly peeks through towards the end. This really combines nicely with the beer's natural dry finish but fades away eventually.

M - Smooth, yet very carbonated, along with a noticeably potent bitterness which can leave your palate a little dry for this style.

D - This is almost dangerously quaffable, as the pumped up ABV (for american pale ales at least) can sneak up pretty quick. It's somewhat difficult to only have one after polishing off a frosty pint of this guy.

Awesome stuff from OB here - DPA is almost a pale ale in name only in certain respects, as the huge flavor and almost overdose of hops create a pretty unique brew. Once again, it's tough to miss with OB.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy orange color with a light tan creamy medium to small head that dissapates fast but leaves thick enveloping lace. After good aggitation of the the second pour, the head is medium sized and stays very well.

The aroma is hoppy at first with fresh grapefruit and orange citrus and very floral, but that fades into big caramel malty wofts, giving the hops a big hug. Aaahh....

The flavor is blanced with more maltiness up front then fades to hops in the end. And leaves a soft bitterness lingering. No alcohol, which is always a plus.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and smooth.

This I could drink all night, almost a session beer, but a little too high in alcohol, which is not a bad thing. Nevertheless, very drinkable.

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Photo of bigdog3838
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jnorris404
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrianQuinn
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaben
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ohh man goot olde dale's pale.. I recently just had this stuff bout a week ago. My friends store just got all there type of beers shipped in and was draw too the can and 9 dollars a six pack price.

Overall a great beer... I was usualy drinking this out of the can but I got to pour one into a cup, and man was it looking good. Id say it looks bout the same as a dogfishhead 90 min.

The smell was alot smiliar to the dogfish , but didnt burn ur nose with the overall hoppy smell.

Now the taste is were its at, Id say by far probably one of my more favorite pale ale's out there if not the one. Very hoppy and very goot smooth taste.

Drinkability is pretty standerd ,, You just got to think of money first though, so a six pack is always good for the taste.

Had a blast with this stuff , so feel free so pick some up if your feeling goot!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,437 ratings